Days after Mali announced its first death due to Ebola, neighbour Mauritania have closed their borders to the country.
The country said the border was closed to prevent further spread of the virus, which killed a girl coming from Guinea in Mali.
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that his country would not close its border with Guinea despite the girl’s case, which may have exposed many to the disease as she travelled hundreds of kilometres through Mali – including a stop in the capital Bamako – on public transport.
Health experts are rushing teams to Mali to help try to contain the outbreak in the sixth West African nation to record Ebola this year. Senegal and Nigeria contained their outbreaks and been declared free of the disease but at least 4,922 people have died elsewhere, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.